Gauging the effectiveness of suicide risk assessment procedures in preventing suicides

Gauging the effectiveness of suicide risk assessment procedures in preventing suicides

One of the biggest health concerns in the United States is burgeoning mental health problems which can give rise to other complications and conditions. Mental illnesses can give rise to suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts that may jeopardize the life of an individual. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an increase of 24 percent in suicide cases during 1999-2014 and 90 percent of individuals who committed suicide were suffering from some form of mental disorder.

Identifying the risk level of suicide among individuals can be a challenge which can hamper the possibility of providing […] Read more

Television series portraying suicide by youth may cause more harm than good

Television series portraying suicide by youth may cause more harm than good

The media has been playing a crucial role in disseminating knowledge and awareness about the crippling effect of mental problems like depression, addiction and their related consequences like suicide. The film and television industries are doing their part by portraying mental health and addiction issues and their ill effects. Celebrities hailing from these fields who have lived through these issues are opening up about their struggles and these developments are contributing toward the removal of social stigma associated with these issues. These steps will hopefully inspire more people to talk about problems of depression and anxiety, and prevent them from […] Read more

Two faces of depression: Effects of maternal depression on mothers and children

Two faces of depression: Effects of maternal depression on mothers and children

Maternal depression has been associated with serious risks for the development of a child’s emotional and mental health. Featuring prominently in the list of the most common mental health disorders, depression is highly prevalent among women of childbearing age. In fact, it is recognized as a devastating public health concern that not only affects mothers but also children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that nearly one in nine women is affected by depression before, during and after pregnancy. Afflicted by depression, the agonizing symptoms of maternal depression causes debilitating health issues that have the potential to impair […] Read more